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Vol. VI 



May, 1975 



No. 3 






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Final plans backfire 



By Nozella Bailey 

I partied all weekend. I only had one final and that wasn't until 7 
p.m. Monday. Do you think I was going to waste all my time 
studying? I had plenty of time to ace that test. 

Well, by 7 p.m. Sunday night I began preparing my mind for a long 
stretch of studying. I had 14 chapters to read plus 4 more to review 
for the test. (I guess I got a little behind in that class.) Anyway, I 
had 24 hours — it wasn't no way I wasn't gonna get an A. 

After 30 minutes in that book, the words started dancing on the 
page. I was kinda glad when my friends down the hall asked me to 
go get a cola with them. I told them I had to study. But it didn't take 
much to persuade me that it would only take 30 minutes at the most. 

I'd still have 23 more hours to study. 

However, when we got our colas and sat down, we got so carried 
away. Everything and everybody was funny. I found myself 
engrossed in a long jive session. Then we decided to take a long 
scenic route home. 

I was crackin' up when I walked in my room and picked up that 
book again. I glanced at the clock. It was 10:30 p.m. There was no 
more humor in my face. 

But I still had 20 more hours. 

I'd just gotten comfortable in my chair, read the first page when 
my roommate came in. She went home early to take some of her 
junk out of the room. Her first final wasn't until Wednesday. 

She started telling me the latest news. Three more of our friends 
had gotten married; two others filed for divorce. And you wouldn't 
believe who's a new daddy. 

The book fell shut on the floor. We got to crackin' up again. Lo and 
behold, I looked at the clock . . . 

Midnight! ! 

I tried to start back reading again but my eyes kept playing peek- 
a-boo with the book. I had 18Vi hours more to study but I needed 
some sleep. 

If I slept 8 hours, I'd still have 10>^ hours to study. So, I hit the sack 
and zonked out. 

I felt so good when I awoke I could shout After all that partying, I 
really needed some rest. 

I looked at the clock. Oh no! Eleven thirty. How could I have slept 
so long? 

Now I only had 7 hours to be exact. But that was more time than 
I'd ever had to study before. 

I wanted to shower and grab a bite to eat before I settled down for 
good. The shower woke me up and kinda brightened my day. Then I 
had to wait in the long lunch line. By now, I was starting to worry. 

I sat down with some of my crazy friends and before I knew it, we 
were crackin' up again. It's just so easy to get in those jive sessions. 
And it's so hard to quit- 
While I was rolling, I looked at the clock. 

One o'clock. Now I only had 6 hours. Six hours to read 14 chapters 
plus review 4 more. Maybe, just maybe there was hope. 

I settled down with my book again. After an hour I took a 15- 
minute break to the snack machine. As I started back to my room 
from the basement, I glanced at the TV. It was a real good love story 
on. I couldn't leave the TV. 

Finally I left, went back to my room and looked at the clock. 

Four o'clock. Now I'd done it. I only had three hours until the test. 

All seemed hopeless — a few more people came in and out of the 
room and I went to eat dinner. 

I was really frustrated when I looked at the clock. 

Six o'clock straight up, I had one hour to cram. 

It was just like it had been all semester. Wasting my time, getting 



frustrated and ending up taking my test on faith. 

I went to that final after studying one and a half hours. I flunked 
it; a capital F. 

This semester I'm taking the course again. But I'm not making 
the same mistake. This time I'm going to some obscure place where 
no one will interrupt me. As a matter of fact, I'm going to quit talk- 
ing to you and go study for my final tomorrow. 

I'd have to be a fool to make the same mistake twice! 



Progression 



Down in the low fields of despair 

was planted a race, 

bearing the rocks and debris of anguish and hatred 

into a nation where origin and color 

were the most important factors in life. 

And the seed was trampled 
and its growth was stunted 
by one heavy footstep of prejudice 
after another. 

Nevertheless, through the winds of discrimination 

and the snows of poverty 

the seed was so nourished 

that it became strong 

while barely budding its head from the ground. 

And one fine, glorious day 

in that same field of suffering and oppression 

stood a PEOPLE, 

blossoming and waving in the sun, 

giving off love, kindness and understanding 

to all others in the field. 

And slowly reaching down through 
the muck and mire of experience 
to clear the path for others to come. 

—Donna Brown 

Capturing the Sunset 

Right before the sunset and the horizon is setting in 
Comes the time of day that I feel that I am the least lonely 
I feel myself closer to Nature and too, much closer to God. 
I see aU the beautiful colors in the world 

Green as the grass. 

And White as the snow, 

Red as the horizon 

And Blue as the sky 
It is a beautiful feeling to see the setting of the sun. 
Seeming as though each day turns to night 
And each night to day 
I feel loneliness slowly 
creeping 
upon 
me. 

I am one, who has someone that's far away 
I am one, who has someone that I can not love. 
I am one who has no one at all. 

—Freddie Adkins 



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UHURU, May 1975 



Four blacks head 



By Carrie Stapleton 

Four black K-State men were selected to 
coordinate and act as chairpersons for 
committees for the Union Program Council 
(U.P.C). 

They are: Sam Cox who was chosen as 
coordinator of the Concerts Committee, 
Wayne Franklin who was chosen as 



Adkins produces 
special TV show 

By Sandy Blackmon 

Freddie Adkins watches TV a lot. She 
really digs it. She has many favorite 
programs, but one program has to rate as 
her special favorite because she produced 
it. 

Freddie had no experience in TV 
production, just an idea. Her idea was to 
produce and telecast a television program 
as a follow-up of Black Awareness Week. 

Freddie talked to a few people who had 
experience in radio-television production 
and began to contact people who were 
willing to participate in a panel discussion 
group. 

Panel members were all graduates of K- 
State who now are working on an advanced 
degree or working closely with the black 
student population. 

"The purpose of having these specific 
people who were graduates of K-State and 
who have now gone professional was to 
show the students how they had to change 
their cultural role to fit into the role of a 
student at K-State and then change that 
role to fit the role of a professional," 
Freddie explained. 

Panel members were Beverley Hawkins, 
coordinator of Special Services, Sandra 
Kidd, a Manhattan resident, James Heggie, 
assistant track coach, Larry Dixon, 
director of Douglass Center and Ernest 
Downs, the coordinator of the educational 
program, with Loranda Breckenridge, the 
moderator. 

On March 3, at 6 : 30 p.m. her idea became 
a reality. A 30-minute television program 
on Cable MTV-2 entitled "Inside K-State: 
Black Progression" was telecast, 

"There is a possibility that other 
programs with this format may be 
produced if this one was a success," 
Freddie said, "That would be good in order 
to make minority students aware of other 
services available to them," 



UPC committees 



coordinator of the Co-Curricular Com- 
mittee, David Brown who was selected to 
be coordinator of the Public Relations 
Committee, and Michael Thickpen who is 
chairman of the Coffeehouse Committee. 

"I became interested in this particular 
committee because of the concert con- 
troversy the university was having with the 
lack of top flight entertainment," Cox, a 
sophomore in pre-vet, said. 

Cox's duties will include helping to plan 
and arrange concerts for the student fiscal 
year. He said he would like to bring more of 
a variety of music to the campus, for 
example some rock, country western, and 
jazz. 

Cox also thinks he will gain some 
valuable experience in learning how to plan 
concerts and learning the functions of the 
concert business as a whole. 

Franklin, sophomore in political science, 
thinks his past experience working on the 
committee as a member first will help him 
to do his job a little better. His job will 
entail promoting new activities such as 
speakers and plays on campus. He also will 
be working with the bicentennial and the 
alternatives conference for next year. 

"One of my main goals is to bring more 
activities to the student himself instead of 
bringing the speaker to the people," 



Franklin said. "I would like to possibly 
bring the speaker into the dorm living 
situation so that he could rap to the student 
more on a one-to-one basis. I think the 
Union is considered the 'sacred place' for 
every event when the living situations could 
be utilized more." 

David Brown, junior in interior ar- 
chitecutre and coordinator of public 
relations, also has had some previous 
experience with his job by serving as a 
member last year. "This public relations 
duties will allow him to get more involved 
in advertising and all other aspects of this 
area. 

"Most of the committees have people 
within the committee to do their PR work," 
Brown said. "This will give me an op- 
portunity to help out these people." 

By doing this Brown believes he will be 
able to establish a better rapport with the 
other committees because he will be get- 
ting together with them periodically to 
show them exactly how ads and posters are 
made. He also thinks it's important that 
they understand the different sized 
headlines. 

"The more you know about how a paper 
is printed up, the better the paper will be," 
he said. 



Open letter 



Student thanks men 



To the Men of Mi Psi Phi; 

I would like to express my gratitude to 
you for appreciating the black woman on 
campus at the Black Awareness Week 
dance. It is not every day that black men 
openly show us that they care. It really 
makes a woman feel good to know that 
someone cares about her just because she 
is the woman that she is. 

I also would like to thank you for your 
thoughtfulness on Valentine's Day, Not 
every black woman would have received a 
card on that special day, but I think it was 
fantastic that you took it upon yourselves to 
make us happy by delivering Valentine's 
cards to us. 

Thank you Mi Psi Phi for making Black 
Awareness Week and Valentine's Day 
complete for me and others. God Bless you! 
— Sherry L, Londo 



Mi Psi Phi made BAW complete 
without performing any dynamic feat 

They just appreciated the Black Woman as 
best tiiey knew how 
While others just stood back 
and raised a brow 

They gave us flowers 
In those few hours 

They played us songs 
While we partied hard and long 

Thank you Mi Psi Phi for making BAW 

complete 
And you know, they did it without per- 
forming 

any dynamic feat! 

By Sherry Londo 



UHURU, May 1975 



Pages 



J J, act 

receives 

criticism 



By Sandy Blackmon 

Jimmie "J.J." Walker of the CBS 
television show, Good Times, must have 
left his humor in the situations on the show. 
It was hard to believe that his nightclub act 
left so much to be desired. 

Walker appeared in three sell-out per- 
formances in the Union Catskellar 
February 28 for Black Awareness Week. 

Walker opened one of his three shows by 
saying for the amount of money that the 
Union Program Council was paying him to 
appear here, he had an act worked out but 
he forgot it. Many people laughed. 

But after viewing Walker's show it 
became obvious that either he forgot the 
act as he stated, or he never had one. 

I tend to believe the latter. 

Walker's "act" consisted of levehng 
insults at the whole audience and then at 
individuals. 

Audiences are important as a sounding 
board for any comedian and many times 
the audience is an active participant in the 
show. Usually the audience loves the at- 
tention that they get from the comedian and 
even though he throws puns at the people 
they are taken lightly. 

In Walker's case he utterly embarrassed 
some persons by asking them personal 
questions. 

For example, he asked one young man 
where his girl friend was and when the 
young man replied, "She is out of town," 
Walker retorted, "So that explains why you 
are with him (referring to another young 
man the person was seated next to). I'm 
going to have to watch you two and oh, by 
the way, keep your hands on the table." 

After laughter dwindled from his attack 
on various individuals Walker resorted to 
reading the Collegian and commenting on 
the news events of the day. Only a faint 
ripple of laughter could be detected. 

Fortunately for Walker, the crowds were 
fairly docile and they took all the puns that 
Walker threw out. At one point in the show 
he made a comment to one young lady and 
she retaliated. His pun was pretty funny but 
hers brought the house down. 

One cannot help but wonder what would 
have happened if a real heckler had been in 
the audience. Maybe then his show would 
have been worth the money people paid to 
see it. 




JIMMIE "J.J." WALKER 



What's new 



financially . . . 



Have you completed your applications 
for financial aid for next year? If your 
answer is no, you're in trouble, not deeply 
so to date, but getting deeper every day. 
There will be a greater number of people 
applying for aid for next year due to the 
rising cost of education, but the govern- 
ment has not appropriated a proportionate 
increase in available funds. 

This means there will be a lot more 
people fighting for the same meager piece 
of pie. The Basic Educational Opportunity 
Grant (BEOG) again will be available to 
freshmen and sophomores, but juniors will 



be added too, necessitating a decrease in 
the maximum awards from $1,050 a year to 
$800 a year. Work-study jobs were hard to 
come by this year and it looks like the trend 
will be the same for next year. 

Get yourself together and get those ap- 
plications completed and mailed. In case 
you're wondering, the application deadline 
was Feb. 15, so get on the ball! You may 
pick up applications in Fairchild Hall, 
downstairs in the Aids and Awards Office 
or upstairs in my office in room 207. — 
Ernest L. Downs 



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UHURU, May 1975 



BAW EM PHASIZES FUTU RE 



Black Awareness Week was observed Feb. 21 through March 2 
with the theme, "Black Progressions." 

This year black identity and awareness were not stressed as much 
as in previous years. The emphasis was concentrated on the future 
of the black student and the black man as a member of the middle 
class and as a black businessman. 

"The purpose of BAW this year is to show the extent of the black 
culture and also to give the black student a reason for existing on a 
predominantly white campus," Tyron Thompson, chairman of 
BAW, said. 

Thompson also served as master of ceremonies for the first event 
of BAW, the religious day services held in Danforth Chapel, Sunday, 
Feb. 23. 



Special guests for the religious day services were the Wilma 
McClellan Singers of Kansas City and the Rev. Williams of Omaha, 
Nebraska, 

Other activities were held throughout the week. 

Some of the activities included the showing of the movie, ' 'Five on 
the Black Hand Side," in Porum Hall Feb. 21-23, and the Gordon 
Parks Art Display at Farrell Library throughout the week. 

Highlights of BAW were appearances by the Rev. George Riddick 
of Rev. Jesse Jackson's Operation PUSH, "An Evening of Fashion" 
sponsored by the Omega Pearls, and a comedy show by Jimmie 
"J.J." Walker of television's "Good Times." 

The week was concluded with a BAW ball given by the Mi Psi Phi 
and the presentation of the Tony Award winning play, "The River 
Niger" by the Negro Ensemble Company. 




WILMA McCLELLAN SINGERS 



UHURU, May 1975 



UHURU photo by Larry Wright 
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School or Education 



Why are you here? 



I am writing this article to express my concern for the minority 
student at K-State. In talking with many of you, the main response 
to "Why are you here?" is "To get an education." That response is 
all well and good, but how many of us know what constitutes an 
education. As I see it, enough students have not awakened to the fact 
that there is much more to an education than going to school and 
eventually getting a degree. 

For the sake of this one person argument, let's discuss going to 
school or classes as you might call it. Many students, majority, 
minority and otherwise do not attend all classes, but I'll give you one 
guess as to who gets hurt the most by skipping classes. Doesn't it 
sound reasonable that if you can afford not to go to that boring class 
or miss classy regularly, then you are just wasting a lot of money to 
be social with the rest of the students? 

I wouldn't feel so bad if I knew most of you were getting 4.0 grade 
point averages, but so far no one has proven this to me. In case it 
hasn't hit you yet, you eventually will leave school and that 
prospective employer will be looking to see how you performed in 
school. At present, the only way we have to measure this per- 
formance is the use of grades on a transcript. I wonder how you 
measure to this point? 

In addition to the obvious advantage of going to class, there also 
are some intangible things to be gained, such as a demonstration of 
willpower. Sounds farfetched, doesn't it? However, once you get a 
job, no matter what it is or where it's located, you will find yourself 
having to do some things you really don't want to do. You'll 
associate with people for whom you haven't the remotest respect, 
and at times you'll feel like you're the only one that has any sense on 
your job. 

Now draw a parallel and see if that doesn't sound just like you 
have felt here at school at some point. The only difference is that it is 
much easier to "run away" at school and not go to class while on 
that job, you'll feel you have a lot more to lose so you'll force 



yourself to stick it out. What you don't realize is that, relatively 
speaking, you have a lot more to lose here. In case any un- 
dergraduate believes I have lost my marbles, sit down and ask a 
graduating senior or graduate student to do a little reflecting over 
his or her past years after both of you have read this editorial. 

Enough about classes! What about the many clubs, organizations, 
and committees open to students that minority students haven't 
"wasted" their time with which to become involved. I grant you that 
there has been a marked increase in the number of minority 
students becoming involved in university activities, but we've still 
only scratched the surface. 

But let's talk about this from the individual standpoint since I 
don't want anyone to feel excluded. Do some more reflecting to see 
how much specific information you remember from the classes 
you've taken. While you're at it, think of how many students an 
employer has hired or even interviewed, then wonder if he will come 
to the same conclusion you just reached. Grades do not tell 
everything, so the employer needs to find out if you can cope with 
people, if you have leadership capabilities or if you are willing to 
share ideas. Now you get one guess where a good starting point 
would be for him to get this type of information. You're right, the 
extent of your involvement outside the classroom. 

Not only does group interaction tell employers something about 
yourself, it tells you about yourself, your personality and how you 
affect or relate to others. It even is quite conceivable that you'll 
learn something about what's going on around you that may better 
some situation for yourself or others coming behind you. 

So what am I saying in a nice nutshell? I'm saying it is past time 
for you as students to become attuned to what is happening in the 
school and job market around you. Recognize the fact that the job 
market is getting tighter and competition has become a very real 
thing for all people. You're spending a lot of money to go to school, 
so why not get an education while you're here. — Ernest Downs 



Special Services 

Concludes Year 



As the school year draws to a close, the 
Special Services Program also concludes 
its major activities for the 1974-75 school 
year. This year, the staff attempted to 
maintain services that already are 
benefiting students and to develop ad- 
ditional services. Activities including the 
Drug Education Seminar, Financial Aid 
Seminar and Career Education Seminar all 
have been presented this year to make 
students aware of these particular areas. 
And, of course, tutoring, financial aid 
advising and personal and academic 
counseling always will be important parts 
of our program. 

Next year, we will strive toward ex- 
pansion of programmed services. Although 

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major activites will be continued we will 
probably include seminars on budgeting, 
study skills and possibly an expansion of 
career education. Suggestions from 
students are invited by the staff and 
necessary to ascertain relevant 
programming. 

For those of you who will be on campus 
during summer school, feel free to come by 
our office. The staff will be available to help 
you meet your needs. For those who will be 
leaving, have an exciting and productive 
vacation. 

CONGRATULATIONS to those seniors 
who will be graduating this May. — 
Beverley Hawkins 



1975 

Black 

Progress 

Bernard Franklin was elected as the first 
black student body president, 

Veryl Switzer, chalked up the most votes 
in the race for positions on next year's 
Board of Education, He is the president on 
the current board. 

Sam Ma this and Nozella Bailey excelled 
in leadership and scholar and were selected 
to senior honoraries, Blue Key and Mortar 
Board, respectively. 

UHURU, May 1975 



Conflicts exist in dorms 



By Carrie Stapleton 

The black student and the black staff 
member in the dormitory living system are 
confronted with a few obstacles that they 
may never overcome. 

One of these problems is the conflict that 
results when the black staff member tries 
to establish a workable relationship with 
the director or other staff members. Other 
problems may be common student gripes 
such as the black and white roommate 
situation. 

"When I first got the job (staff position) 
there were some prejudices among the old 
staff because of a few other black staff 
members who had messed up in the past," 
Wanetta Collins, staff assistant (S.A.) at 
Moore Hall, said. "I had to work to show 
that I could do an effective job regardless of 
the problems other staff had had." 

Sometimes, the staff members and the 
director are too idealistic. 

"They expect you to be able to interpret 



Leader's Challenge 

Again the Black Student Union (BSU) 
ends another year. And we are faced with 
one challenge that we are confronted with 
at every year's end. That is the shuffling of 
the leadership and structure of the 
organization. Whatever structure is 
developed it will only work if the leadership 
is dedicated to the struggle of the black 
student and the black man in this country. 

The degree to which a student becomes 
involved is not determined by time nor 
ability. But it is determined by the 
dedication of that person. This is not only 
true with BSU but with any other 
organization that a person might be in- 
terested in. If a person is dedicated to the 
cause or an organized group, the time and 
ability will evolve naturally. 

The black student of today has many 
other avenues for organizational in- 
volvement on campus. There are 
University committees, Union Program 
Council, Union Governing Board, SGA and 
the residence halls. And I must not fail to 
mention the greek organizations. The black 
students' involvement in these 
organizations should enhance and not be a 
detriment to the unity of black students 
(BSU). 

With these many resources BSU should 
be well on the way to making some 
productive changes on this campus. But it 
is not progressing to the degree that it 
should. BSU must have contact with these 
different areas to pinpoint the problems 
that exist. The leadership should be very 
aware of these resources. — Sam Mathis 



all problems with all black students on all 
floors," Terry Walker, resident assistant 
(R.A.) at Marlatt, said. 

Other black staff problems deal with such 
things as being accepted by the students or 
the parents. 

"Most of the people on my floor are 
graduates and upperclassmen," Robin 
Walker, R.A. at Goodnow Hall, said. "They 
seemed to resent me because I was 
younger," she said. 

Bernard Franklin, S.A. at Haymaker 
Hall, said his problems were the greatest 
last year when he became the first black 
staff member at Haymaker. There were 
many parents who couldn't get used to the 
idea of his being black. 

Some of the student-related problems 
deal with roommate conflicts. Many blacks 
and whites on this campus have never 
associated with a different race before. 
They have difficulty coping with diverse 
living habits. There also have been several 
cases on campus where the parent of the 



white student has removed his son or 
daughter from the room because they 
didn't want their child rooming with a black 
student. 

Probably the most common problem of 
the black student in the dormitory is the 
lack of interest on his part concerning the 
activities that are available. 

"The functions are white-oriented," 
Robin said. "There are also not enough 
activities for blacks to get involved in." 

The most serious student-staff related 
problem is that many blacks expect 
favoritism from their black staff member 
because in most cases the staff member 
already is their friend. 

I personally believe the staff member 
must establish his relationship and respect 
with the other black students first. They 
must let them know that if any rules are 
violated, they should expect to get the same 
treatment as the white students. If they 
know this, it will keep their friendships 
secure for a longer time. 



Late involvement 

hinders allocations 



The allocation process that is conducted 
by the Student Governing Association 
(S.G.A.) should be of major concern to 
every black student on this campus. But a 
problem with the black student on this 
campus is that he usually gets involved too 
late. Then it is almost impossible for him to 
do anything about it. 

If this topic is discussed with any black 
student you will discover that he believes 
there is a great deal of discrimination in- 
volved in the allocation process. This is 
because most of the blacks only come to 
listen to the allocation requests when Black 
Student Union is being considered for 
review. 

"The black students would better un- 
derstand the allocation process if they 
would sit in for the allocations for the other 
groups," Ernie Downs, the coordinator of 
the educational opportunities program at 
Holtz Hall, said. "Student Senate is a cold- 
blooded organization; the students should 
see how they treat other organizations." 

One major factor that hinders the 
allocation process for BSU is that most 
persons in the senate have never been 
exposed to blacks and other minority 
groups. 

"We have to go through an education 
process every year before they will un- 
derstand what black people are all about 
and the kinds of needs the black student on 
this campus is confronted with," Downs 
said. 



Money being allocated in previous years 
and last year has decreased periodically 
for BSU. In connection with this, the BSU 
organization has continued to ask for less 
money. 

"One of the main reasons for this is 
because of the lack of willing people to set 
the programming up for BSU," Downs 
said. 

As it now stands for BSU the amount of 
money they receive isn't as important as 
the amount of people they need to par- 
ticipate and make the organization function 
as it should. BSU believes it is no longer 
their responsibility to provide all of the 
black programming. It would rather 
concentrate on building up its creditability 
as a functional and necessary organization. 

"It is now the responsibility of the 
university to provide the funds for the black 
programming; it is up to BSU to push the 
university to provide more minority 
programs from other organizations," 
Downs said. By Carrie Stapleton 



ABOUT THE UHURU: The UHURU 
is a cultural publication for all K- 
Staters. It is the goal of the UHURU 
to help bridge the gap between white 
Americans and minorities. The 
UHURU is funded by BSU, sponsored 
by Beverley Hawkins and edited by 
Nozella Bailey. 



UHURU, May 1975 



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Chuckle trains his mind 



By Sandy Blackmon 

Physical training in basketball is im- 
portant. The body is constantly called upon 
to respond physically, whether running, 
jumping, or stretching. But Chuckle 
Williams, a 6-foot-3 guard for the K-State 
Wildcats thinks mental training is just as 
important. 

"Being a great ball player isn't all 
physical ability. Concentration and 
discipline play a vital part, too," Williams 
said. 

Williams was named the Most Valuable 
Player unanimously for the Eastern 
Regional Tournament held at Providence, 
Rhode Island in March. He also was 
selected a member of the Associated Press 
and the United Press International first 
teams and he made the honorable mention 
Ail-American list. Sports writers pegged 



him as a sure bet to become an AU- 
American next year if he continues the 
trend started this year. 

Williams believes concentration is the 
key to becoming a great basketball player. 

"Basketball is a game of complete 
concentration," Williams said. "By 
disciplining yourself and developing good 
habits a person can create good mental 
capacities." 

Most people wonder how a player can 
concentrate with 10,000 wild fans distract- 
ing him. 

"I try to always think within the boun- 
dary lines of the court, I try not to get in- 
volved with the crowd but sometimes there 
are distractions like people throwing things 
out on the floor," Williams said. 

But even distractions like these do not 
seem to matter to Williams. When others 
around him are getting excited about a bad 



call or those incredible shots Williams 
makes, he is unemotional, He never 
changes expression. When he misses a shot 
a calmness effaces, it's almost non- 
chalance. But Williams is a serious 
ballplayer who's been at it since second 
grade and he knows that frustration can 
destroy concentration. 

"I get frustrated sometimes on the court 
but I release my frustrations when I shoot 
the ball. I feel that with deep concentration 
one's thoughts can almost guide the ball in 
the hole," Williams said. 

With his deep concentration and natural 
ability for shooting Chuckle has managed 
to average 21,3 points a game and to hit 35 
points in a single game. 

According to Williams, great ball players 
such as Oscar Robertson and Jerry West 
agree that concentration and discipline are 
70 percent of the game of basketball. 





Chuckle Williams (No. 10) teams his mental abilities with his 
physical skills to maintain control over the basketball against his 
opponents. 



UHURU photos by Larry Wright 



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UHURU, May 1975